I have been looking for a universal remote in the $100-$150 price range. I think I like the X10 iconRemote, but I am not really familiar with the company. I have also looked at some of the Harmony models. Any recommendations?
The best universal remote for the money would have to be a JP1 remote, but unfortunately they are not in your price range. Personally, I like the JP1 software (and it has great support), but some may prefer the Harmony software, which I have not used.
I have the URC-9910, which is one of the more expensive JP1 remotes at $40, but it includes an RF base, so I can use the remote outside to control my equipment inside (I have outdoor speakers near my deck).
JP1 remotes don't have cool looking displays, but I prefer hard-buttoned remotes that I can operate without having to look at it.
JP1 also involves connecting your remote to a computer. The difference between Harmony and JP1 is, with Harmony, you are at the mercy of the software on their website which they can change underneath you at any time.
JP1 is unofficial and is written and supported by volunteers. You can find more about it by browsing around www.hifi-remote.com/forums. As I understand it, Harmony software may be a little easier to use since it asks you questions and programs your remote for you.
When I say "JP1 remote", I'm really talking about a subset of RadioShack/UEI remotes that have a JP1 interface. These RadioShack/UEI remotes are fairly decent without using JP1 (i.e. without programming via a computer), but some users with very complex setups that require more memory or long macros may find these remotes lacking without using JP1.
Johnny, you and I seem to be the only ones in the world who don't want to have to hook the remote up to a computer in order to set it up. I also took a look at the iconremote, but i don't know anything about X10. never even heard of the company. can anyone shed some light here? Sex Pistols rule man.
From what I understand, X10 does a lot of stuff with home automation and security cameras. I don't know too much about them either, but the the website says the icon Remote comes with a 30 day return policy. So i guess it wouldn't hurt to try it out. Here is the product website. x10iconremote.com